Once you have decided that you would like to enquire about becoming a foster carer with Brighter Futures for Children IFA, we’ll give you a call and arrange to visit you in your home

The enquiry and application process

1. Initial Enquiry

However you contact us, by phone, email, online or in person. One of our fostering specialists will be in touch to have a conversation with you and to answer any questions you have, so you can decide whether fostering is the right path for you.

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2. Home Visit

After that initial conversation, one of our fostering social workers will come out to visit you in your home. This is another opportunity for you to ask questions and to explore whether fostering is right for you, your family and your home.

3. Application Form

If you decide that fostering is right for you, we’ll leave an application form with you, for you to complete.

We’ll be here to guide you and help you through this process and offer support if you need it.

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4. Stage 1  Assessment

This stage covers all the checks that we have to do, such as DBS, legal, medical and social service checks and home safety. This is sometimes run alongside Stage 2. We will be in touch with you throughout.

5. Stage 2 Assessment

This is a lengthy, but necessary, part of the process. We meet you in your home at least 8 times to complete this stage. Throughout this time, you also complete the ‘Skills to Foster’ training, which further prepares you to become a foster carer. During Stage 2, you’ll also put together your portfolio of evidence, which you need for the final stage.

6. Foster Panel

This is the final hurdle! You and your assessing social worker will present your portfolio of evidence to our fostering panel. They will ask you questions and discuss your preparations to get to this stage.

They will then make a recommendation to the ADM – the Agency Decision Maker –  about your approval.

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Do you want to transfer from another IFA?

All approved foster carers have the freedom to change the fostering agency they work with, as we appreciate carer’s situations can change.

These rights are enshrined in the Transfer of Foster Carers Protocol which was created to help carers who wanted to change by providing guidelines that need to be followed when a foster carer wishes to transfer between agencies.

The protocol has different procedures depending on whether you have a child in placement or not. At Brighter Futures for Children, the first step is for one of our social workers to come and visit you at home to discuss your situation and explain the process. We will work with you at all times to ensure the transfer is as seamless as possible.

Enquire about fostering

Thank you for your interest in fostering with Brighter Futures for Children!

You can foster if:

  • You have a spare room
  • You are over 21
  • You live within 20 miles of Reading

When you have completed the form, we will be in touch with you via phone and email to discuss your enquiry. There is no obligation or pressure to commit by completing this form, we are here to help you decide if fostering is right for you.

Data Protection

Brighter Futures for Children will keep your information in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018. You can read about how we use your data in our privacy policy.

  • As well as contacting you about your enquiry, we would also like to send you email information about fostering. Please tick if you would like to receive this information by email. You will be able to unsubscribe at any time through the link provided in the email or by contacting us foster@brighterfuturesforchildren.org.

"Im SO pleased. This is something Ive wanted to do for SO long. I consider it a real privilege to be trusted to look after other peoples children who are in crisis or traumatised."